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Family Reunion

It was so neat to go out to Montana for our family reunion.  It was both my niece's & my first time there and we both really loved it for the beauty of the people and nature.

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photo credit: Rosa Freedman

While there had been other big Lincoln Family reunions in the past, this was the first one that I've been able to attend. It was really cool to finally meet people that I'd heard stories about growing up and also the ones I had no clue I was related to.  To just be sitting there talking with someone and realize that they had the same green eyes as you was really cool!! (I don't think I've ever been in the same room as so many green eyed people before!)

2015 Lincoln Family Barn
photo credit: Ric Tieman

The day before the actual reunion a lot of us met up at the Lincoln Family barn at the Museum of the Rockies for a group pic. Hello bright Montana sun!!

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A BIG thanks to all the family that worked so hard to put this all together and to everyone who attended.  We are so thankful for the new relationships & connections formed!

 PS - For those who follow my blog for art and missed it...here's the art journal post I did on being a Lincoln.

 


The Documented Life Project - Featured Artist

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I'm honored to be this week's featured artist for Art to the 5th's the Documented Life Project 2015.

 

This weeks challenge is using ephemera: old maps, letters, tickets and more and the prompt is Life…with a history and it goes along perfectly with what's happening in my life this week...we're at the Lincoln Family Reunion! For those of you that don't know me in real life, my maiden name is Lincoln and I share an ancestor with Abraham Lincoln.

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I created THIS VIDEO of the whole process I used to do these art journal pages:

 

 

 

The main steps I did were...

1. Use spray ink and stencils for the background.

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Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 13

 

2. Create my own Abraham Lincoln stencil using my ScanNCut & used it on my page.

Abraham Lincoln Stencil

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3. Glued down some meaningful ephemera.

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4. Journaling

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5. Adding finishing touches with Faber-Castell Gelatos® and water soluble crayons.

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If you're curious about my previous guest artist post for Art to the 5th check it out HERE.

You can find more info on Art to the 5th at: The Art to the 5th Academy and on Instagram: #documentedlife

 

Supplies

 

 

 

 

 

Brother Sewing ScanNCut Cutting Machine Draw CM250

 

Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12 x 12 inch

 

C-Thru Blank Stencil Material pack of 3 (9in x 12in)

 

DecoArt DASK279 Crafter's Acrylics Home Décor Brights Sample Pack

 

DecoArt DASK278 Crafter's Acrylics Primary Sample Pack

 

Designing W/Gelatos Colors Kit-

 

OHTO Fude 1.5mm Ballpoint Pen, Black (CFR-150FB-Black)

 

Ranger TCW-TIM-29687 Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash Dye Spray, Red Pepper, 2-Ounce

 

Tim Holtz -Set 1 - Blossom, Flourish, Lace, Wildflower & Valentine -

 

Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels, Set of 48

 

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layered Stencil, 4.125 by 8.5-Inch, Stars

 

Jenni Bowlin Studio - Bingo Place Cards - Whimsy

 

Metal File Tabs by Tim Holtz Idea-ology

disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

Other sponsors: Deco Arts, Faber Castell...I receive products from both of these companies and the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money to keep this site up and running (not enough for a pony).

 


Summer Daily(ish) Art Journal - Day 1

I've mentioned previously that I wanted to get back into the habit of art journaling daily. So last night I figured now is as good a time as any and grabbed my smaller Dylusions Art Journal and sketched out one of my outside succulents before my Husband and I started talking and planning out some summer stuff.

Summer Art Journal - 5-29-15-Succulant 1So then this morning I knew I wanted to stay in the groove and so I added some watercolor to it.

Summer Art Journal - 5-29-15-Succulant 2Woo-hoo! First day done!

How are YOU keeping art in your summer?

 This is NOT a sponsored post, but it does contain affiliate links to products I use and love.


TruthScrap - Celebrating the Intersection of Faith and Art

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Yay, I'm really excited to share with your that I'm going to be teaching at TruthScrap in January! I really hope you will be able to join us for this event!  TruthScrap is the ONLY online, live virtual art and crafting event focused on celebrating the intersection of faith and art. With inspiration brought right to your desktop, there’s no need to change out of your PJs because you’re logging on, right from home!

If you want to learn more about the HOW and WHY of infusing your creativity with your faith, Truth Scrap is the event for you. Learn new skills while getting a new take on old favorites! And with seven energizing, talented instructors, you’re sure to be inspired.

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The class I'm teaching is on Faithbooking...which is a way to scrapbook your faith. I will be sharing ideas on how you can do that and why you should! I can’t wait for you to join us! Click here for more info!

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Summer Time!

I've always loved summer time as a kid. The anticipation leading up to it was always such a great feeling. I feel the same way about summer now though too because it means my niece comes out to stay!  I still can't believe how brave she is to fly all by herself!

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She just arrived over a week ago and already we have been to her first wedding, and then went on her first family camping trip up to the beautiful Sequoia National Forest.  

The wedding was thoughtful and beautiful, and this 8 yr old girl ate it up. 

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Camping was a blast! She had such a great time & I'll share the project life style scrapbook she's making about it once she's finished.

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I can't wait to see what else the summer has in store for us.  I'm sure there will be many kids craft projects just like in years past, and fun surprises too.

 


Art Journaling: Together In Life

I'm waaaaaayyyy behind on posting my art journal pages here on my blog, so instead of going back to the older ones, here's one I did the other day...

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Sometimes life is hard...living life with people gets complicated! Boy, I could totally relate the other night to the "spinster" in the book I had been reading who lives a simple life way out in the boondocks since at that moment in time I thought about how nice it would be to be her and not have to compromise on decisions with my Husband or have to deal with all the stuff I have on my plate right now. But that's not real life for me. In real life I choose to deal with it and live in a family in good times and bad.

After dealing with all that STUFF and getting a chance to talk with my Husband, I decided to clear a path on my workbench so I could art a little bit. Art is therapy! And this is the page I came up with.

Here's some close-ups...
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Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin BassettI used Stencil Girl stencils from May's kit on it along with my favorite DecoArts Americana paint colors (Desert Turquoise, Ice Blue, Hauser Dark Green, Houser Medium Green, Houser Light Green, Golden Straw, Pumpkin, Melon, Black), a bunch of scrap papers and even map pages from an old Thomas Guide map book. All the black outlines were done with a charcoal pencil and smudged out with water.

 

Sponsor: DecoArt


I'm back from the Choose Joy Conference for Surviving Infertility and Adoption

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This past weekend was the Choose Joy conference down in beautiful Laguna Hills, CA and I was blessed to be able to attend again this year. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be able to be in a group of people with different stories and yet feel totally accepted and understood. Last years conference changed my life with that feeling. I hadn't ever experienced that kind of bonding and empathy since God's timing and plan for our family differed from our own desires. It was amazing then and was amazing once again this year.

There is SO much I could tell you about this event, but really I don't even know where to start, and a lot of it is really personal, so I'll just give you some of the highlights. We got to choose three breakout sessions that were speaking to our heart. Each of the speakers of my sessions were so informative and REAL. Scary real. Which is good and just what I needed. The main speakers, Jen and Brian Dean, were great as well and the Lord really used the scripture they shared to speak to my heart.

So many of my online friends were there too! It was awesome to see friends I already had met in real life before and to finally meet others for the first time as well. It's funny how it feels like a reunion even though you barely know each other in "real life"...or maybe we do know the real us because what draws us together as friends (Jesus + infertility and adoption) is so raw and real. 

If you are attempting to survive infertility or adoption I strongly recommend you trying to come to the next Choose Joy event...you can sign up for email updates here

 


I Love My New Shoes!

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I love a good, super cute flat shoe! Which made me super happy when the good people at Earth® Brands asked me to review one of their NEW Spring/Summer 2014 super cute shoes from the Earth collection!  Hello, how awesome are these shoes?!

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Now if your thinking um, Erin isn't Earth® footwear those old hippy shoes? Let me tell you about them...they are a modern collection of smartly styled casual footwear, perfect for real women’s real lives. I have other pairs of their shoes and I can vouch that they are stylish and yet easy and comfortable to wear on your busiest days.  Earth® footwear combines contemporary styling with uncompromised comfort to create a collection that brings a refreshing new twist to footwear—letting women look and feel their best when they’re on the move.

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For my review I choose the Butterfly shoes in "grass green" (there are 4 beautiful rich colors to choose from...I really like the "red plum" color shown below too). The whimsical butterfly detail makes this ballet flat something I can wear just about anywhere.  They look great dressed up or down and I've wore them everywhere from church to running errands.

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Now I have to admit, when I first took them out of the box and saw the ruching on the heal I wasn't too sure how they'd feel on.  I thought they might be too tight or just feel funny, but I was wrong.  Once your feet are in them the gathered section smooths out to hug your foot perfectly and is supper comfy.

Earth Footwear Butterfly - Grass Green - ballet flat

These shoes have a premium suede upper and glove-soft leather lining. Like other Earth® shoes they have the secret sauce for comfort...a padded heal to displace the shock your foot receives when walking, extra cushioning, arch support help stabilize your foot, and leather sock lining which feels really good and help your feet breath.

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I love it. Not only is this shoe cute, contemporary, and in one of my favorite colors, but it is so comfortable that there is no "breaking it in" period. Yeah, they seriously feel that good...right off the bat!

Oh, and did I mention the price?  The Spring/Summer 2014 Earth® Collection starts at $85 – with the majority of the collection under $100!  It's a great value for a shoe that looks great and is that comfortable to wear!  You can check out the other styles of shoes in the Spring/Summer collection here.

 

Make sure you go sign up for their monthy newsletter, every sign-up is automatically entered into a monthly shoe giveaway!  Woo-hoo!

You can also connect with Earth® Footwear at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Sponsors: Earth® Brands

Disclosure: I was compensated by Earth Brands for reviewing their shoes and have received shoes to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.


Life and Inking Paper Edges

After a great Christmas I'm gearing up for the New Year.  Changes are a plenty for our family...we moved at the beginning of December and then went away for a vacation before actually unpacking, so now I'm digging through boxes to find what we need and attempting to start unpacking while working on projects for CHA.  -It's a bit crazy.

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We've also had some heartbreaking news about our beloved Nola dog. She was recently diagnosed with mast cell cancer. When we returned from our vacation found a softball size tumor on her chest and immediately took her to the vet.  She was started on antibiotics and the following morning went in to have it removed...it had almost doubled in size.  Thankfully the vet was able to get clear margins around the tumor and send it off for pathology...which later revealed that it was cancer.  She's currently happy and spunky, in fact if she wasn't wearing her T-shirt and socks you'd never even guess that she her underside has the Frankenstein look going on.  We're meeting with an oncologist soon to see what meds she will need to be on to make the rest of her time happy and pain free.

Dog Socks

 

Lastly I got an email recently from a new scrabooker. She asked what "inking the edges" meant and so I quickly through together this super short cell phone video showing how I do it, you can watch it below or here. (PS - Don't judge my lack of cuteness...it's been a long day and I'm about ready to hit the hay!)

 

So new scrapbookers, let me know if you have any other questions I can help you out with. Some times crafty stuff is a bit overwhelming and I'd love to help.  ;)

 


Back to School Time!

It's the unofficial ending of summer and back-to-school time for my eldest niece who is now a 2nd grader.  We had such a great time this summer with her and over the next few weeks I'll occasionally post some kid crafts we did together.

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The start of a new school year has always seemed to be the beginning on a new year to me...way more so then January 1st!  So, now with her back home with her parents it's time for me to get back on track with things too...so you may see some changes & sprucing up around the blog.  :)

I also have some exciting crafty news to share with you soon!